THE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET – CASH AND CARRY
Double drums give this set a heck of a lot of energy – work on the kit from Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisey – in a quartet that also features Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Dave Rempis on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The drums get things cascading right from the start – and Flaten, as always, amazes us with his deftness on the bass – an ability to follow just about any line, while still holding his own – and keep things musical at moments when most other players might miss. Rempis sears mightily on the 40 minute track "Water Foul Run Amok" – and all players take a slightly more introspective approach on "Better Than Butter". ~ Dusty Groove
ELLERY ESKELIN – SOLO LIVE AT SNUGS
Beautifully mature solo tenor from Ellery Eskelin – performed live, and with a depth that has us reevaluating Eskelin's work all over again! The tracks are long, and never overblown – often full of these long tonal phrases that shift gently, and always retain a certain amount of tunefulness – even though the overall approach is far less melodic than such a description might make you expect. Ellery works lots of careful moments through both his phrasing on the reed, and his handling of the pads on the tenor – and titles include "Unwritten Rule", "Turning A Phrase", "State Of Mind", and "Weave/Warp & Woof". ~ Dusty Groove
FRANK VIGNOLA / VINNY RANIOLO - SWING ZING
With nearly 1,000 engagements in the five years they’ve been performing as a duo, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo have become one of the most popular and sought after duos in the music scene. On this new release they play through 13 classic Swing Era songs. Both have an extensive resume with regards to playing guitar for many of the worlds top acts including, Wynton Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Madonna, Donald Fagen, and Wynton Marsalis. The tracks listing includes Cheek to Cheek, September Song, Cry Me A River, Joseph Joseph, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, All The Things You Are, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, Whispering, Sleepy Time Gal, Stardust, Tico Tico/Djangomania, Peg O My Heart/I’m Confessin’ Medley, and 201 Poplar/The Best Things In Life Are Free. Special guests include Julian Lange, Bucky Pizzarelli, Olli Soikkeli and Audra Mariel.